Prosecutors: Man defrauded women he met on dating website

September 18, 2018 GMT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been found guilty to defrauding more than 50 people out of more than $2 million, including several women he met on a dating site.

A federal jury in Bridgeport on Tuesday found 66-year-old Thomas Connerton guilty of more than two dozen counts of fraud.

U.S. Attorney John Durham says the Stamford man tricked his victims into providing him funding for his Connecticut-based company, Safety Technologies, LLC.

Durham says several victims were lured into the scheme when they met Connerton on a popular dating website.

Officials say more than 50 people lost about $2.2 million.

A sentencing date hasn’t been scheduled. The government is also seeking full restitution for the victim-investors and forfeiture of the two engagement rings that Connerton purchased with the fraudulent proceeds.